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NEW: Sister Rosina Baumgartner. O.S.B., 92, a Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., died October 15, 2014. The Mass of Resurrection wasbe celebrated there on Monday, October 20. May she be remembered gratefully in our prayers.

Some photos around the Mount during September 2014.

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Recently, Sister Barbara Ann Mayer had the article, "Death Penalty Revisited," published on the Global Sisters Report. Read it here.

Silver Jubilarians 2014

Congratulations to our Silver Jubilarians:  Sisters Molly Brockwell, Oanh Pham, Bridget Dickason, and Susan Barber. Please join us in thanking God for their answering "yes" to God's call and their faithfully living this monastic life with us for 25 years. Pray, too, that they may continue to be faithful to their vows through all the days of their lives.
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Sister Anne Shepard's reflection given at the Jubilee Eucharist on 13 July 2014

Congratulations to Judith Valente! Her book Atchison Blue won first place award in the spirituality category of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards. We are happy for you and honored that you chose to write about your experience with our community.

Judith Valente, broadcast journalist, poet and author, published a book about her experience with the Benedictine Sisters while writing the book "Atchison Blue" about contemporary monastic life and its applications for people in the work world.

Mount community welcomes six new oblates on May 3, 2014. 

Congratulations to Sister Judith Sutera who has just had a book published: The Vinedresser's Notebook: Spiritual Lessons in Pruning, Waiting, Harvesting & Abundance by Abingdon Press. Check it out here

Judith Valente, oblate of our community and author, had an article about Sister Lillian Harrington published in the Religion section of the Washington Post on 17 April 2014 entitled "Nun teaches secret to overcoming fear of death."

 Monastic SpringsSister Paula Howard’s story of the past 50 years of the history of Mount St. Scholastica is now available. Read more about it and find out how to purchase a copy.

Upcoming Monastic Experience

Monastic Experience is designed to introduce you to our life in community through a retreat that includes discussion on Benedictine prayer, ministry, monastic life and the history of our community. We welcome you to join us in prayer and at table, in work, in quiet and in social time.  Call or email Sister Barbara Smith for more information about upcoming monastic experiences.

All of the monastic experience days begin at 8:00 am - 7:30 pm and, if needed, arrangements can be made for overnight stays if traveling long distances.
Email: vocation at mountosb.orgor phone (913) 360-6219.


150th Anniversary

This past year we have celebrated the 150th anniversary of our founding. Read about our Sesquicentennial Celebrations here.

Recent Statements from the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

Prevention of Gun Violence
On Immigration Reform 


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Sisters Mary Grosdidier and Mary Ann Fessler spend winter afternoons picking out pecans.

Having fun

Sisters Lou Whipple and Elaine Fischer take some children on a ride.

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